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What are some common spelling words for elementary-aged children?

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Examples of spelling words for children in first grade include "good," "big," "ball," "my" and "no." Spelling words for fifth graders are more complicated and include "suddenly," "arrive," "important," "evening" and "attention."

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These words are part of the 1,000 most common words that children use in their writing. The 1,000 most common words are used about 13 times more often than the next 1,000 most common words, so learning these words allow children to communicate numerous ideas through writing.

The spelling words for first graders are very simple, including words like "a" and "I." "To," "am," "be," "if" and "in" are also included. First graders have trouble with words such as "like," "two," "play," "home" and "can."

Spelling words for second graders are a bit more complicated, but are still generally have no more than two syllables. Examples include "about," "ask," "thank," "gone" and "love." Words that second graders have difficulty with include "father," "before," "made," "show" and "myself."

In third grade, spelling words are still generally not more than two syllables. Examples include "airplane," "money," "flower," "people" and "because." Words that third graders struggle with include "family," "summer," "birthday," "would" and "morning."

Examples of spelling words in fourth grade include "across," "ninth," "parent," "example" and "bottom." Words that fourth graders find difficult include "quite," "tomorrow," "together," "instead" and "clothes."

Spelling words in fifth grade tend to be a bit longer. Examples include "through," "America," "happiness," "president" and "countries." Words that fifth graders struggle with include "suppose," "receive," "different," "probably" and "beautiful."

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